‘Pluralizing lockdowns’

Grassroots responses to housing in Jakarta amid COVID-19

Elisa Sutanudjaja and AbdouMaliq Simone with Michele Lancione, Hung Ying Chen

Published in Issue 3.1 // Conversations

Keywords: Jakarta, COVID-19, housing conditions, mobility


In this conversation, Elisa Sutanudjaja and AbdouMaliq Simone are in dialogue with the Editors Hung-Ying and Michele, sharing their observation and analysis about the changes and continuities of housing struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic. In contrast to the passive responses from the government, they discuss the emerging challenges for tenants and depict a plurality of geographical changes, communal responses and organizing strategies as grassroots efforts in pandemic containment.


Elisa Sutanudjaja (ES) is co-founder and Director of the Rujak Center for Urban Studies in Jakarta. RCUS is a think-act tank that works together with communities to generate innovative knowledge and practices to form sustainable cities and regions.

AbdouMaliq Simone (AS) is Senior Professorial Fellow, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield, as well as a research associate at the Rujak Center for Urban Studies.

Hung-Ying Chen (RHJ) is Post Doctoral Research Associate at Durham University (UK), and member of the Taiwan Alliance of Anti-Forced Eviction and International Tribunal on Evictions (ITE).

Michele Lancione (RHJ) is Professor of Economic and Political Geography at the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy) visiting Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Sheffield (UK), and member of the Common Front for Housing Rights (Bucharest).

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